Designed for individuals employed by Incompass Michigan Organizational Members who have the desire and ambition to advance in our industry. The Academy builds a rich cohort of participants diverse in geography, area of program responsibility, and career development – inclusive of individuals ready to make the leap to senior leadership now, and those in the earlier stages of their leadership journey.

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The health and safety of all those involved with the academy is our top priority, the October and December academy sessions will be held virtually. If it is determined that it is unsafe to proceed with in-person events in 2022, the remaining 3 sessions will also be converted to virtual.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 23, 2021


Tuition is $800

Class size is limited to 20 participants, apply early.

VISION: The Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy is a professional development program targeting employees who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to the future of our industry, and a strong drive to achieve greater levels of responsibility. The Leadership Academy is Incompass Michigan ‘s commitment to, and investment in, the development of future leaders with high potential to positively impact future industry growth and success.


  • To enhance the leadership, communication, strategic planning, interpersonal, and managerial skills of high potential employees within our industry.
  • To prepare the next generation of leaders to guide our industry into the future through innovation, collaboration, and leadership.
  • To build a network of professional relationships among current and future leaders.
  • To promote career satisfaction and recognize career potential of senior staff. To promote life-long learning and professional development.

The program also has a mentoring component that facilitates a relationship between each Academy participant and a CEO or member of upper management from another Incompass Michigan member organization – for one-on-one discussion, guidance, advice, and opportunities to learn how the subject matter addressed in the classroom is applied in the working world.

2021-2022 Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy Curriculum

Leadership Skills
with Chris Scharrer, New Paradigm Solutions

Finance and Accounting
with Kristine Doran, Inland Plywood

Non-profit Governance and Board Relations
with Anne Williams, Nonprofit Network

Legislative Advocacy
with Sandi Jones, MHSA
In alignment with the Incompass Michigan Day at the Capitol, date TBD (Lansing)

Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture
with Dennis Blender, Blender Consulting Group

Homework is assigned after each core seminar and is conducted virtually.

Full participation in all sessions is required for graduation from the program.

We are unable to offer refunds for the Leadership Academy once classes have begun.

Contact: for more information.


Here is a sample of what participants have to say about the value of Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy 

“Incompass Michigan is a wonderful organization with people dedicated to the development and rights of individuals with disabilities. The leadership academy was a great experience. Talking with like-minded individuals, learning about other organizations and how our organizations better our communities was an invaluable experience. The leaders and speakers were very informative and uplifting.”  

– D. McKimmy, Thumb Industries, Inc.


“…It will be an experience like no other. Not only will they learn great leadership skills, but they will also make lifelong friendships and connections.”  

 – J. Cornelison, Esther’s Hope


“The Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy fine tune your existing leadership skills as well as provide new thought processes that have been so useful with my Leadership position.”                                                        

– T. White, STEP


“Attending Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy empowered me to succeed. I was able to strengthen my leadership skills and gain additional knowledge and confidence that contributed to my advancement at New Horizons. Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy provides an invaluable outside network and the skills learned through this program can be used and applied in everyday operations. With hard work and perseverance, we all have it in us to be great leaders!”   

– K. Pietrylka, New Horizons Rehabilitations Services


“The opportunity to create a network of professionals in our field is one of the greatest strengths of the program.” 

– S. George, Peckham, Inc.

Community of Practice

Graduates and current participants of the Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy can join our online Community of Practice to discuss hot topics, advice, feedback, collaboration and best practices. Click here to visit the COP.